In 1991, the Republic of Yugoslavia was coming to its end and its constituting countries were fighting for independence. After Bosnia claimed independence in 1992, a war broke out and lasted from 1992-1995. A genocide, carried out by bosnian-serb forces, was taking place in eastern Bosnia, aiming at the extinction of muslim life. At the peak of the atrocities in July 1995, more than 8.000 muslims were murdered by serb forces in Srebrenica. Today, 15 years later and with Bosnia now officially at peace, one can still see and feel the aftermath of the genocide.
Andy Spyra, born 1984 in Hagen, Germany, is a freelance photographer currently based in Hannover, Germany. After graduating from school in 2006 and the following journeys to Central America and South East Asia where he came into first contact with photography, he worked one year as a freelance photographer for a local newspaper in his hometown Hagen before he started to study photography at the Fachhochschule Hannover where he has been studying since 2007.